Arriving in Valletta (capital of Malta) is even more spectacular when you do it via the sea. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. We had no pre-booked tours so opted to the favourite option of the “hop-on hop-off” bus.
First stop was the town of Mosta where we visited the Rotunda of Mosta (church) where a WWII 200kg German bombed crashed through the massive dome landing on the floor in front 300 people, attending morning mass, who were left unharmed as the bomb didn’t detonate.
The next stop on our travels was the walled city of Mdina, which served as the island’s capital from antiquity to the medieval period. We took a stroll through the beautiful streets having lunch in the scenic Fontanella Restaurant on top of the city walls.
The old city of Valletta
We took a stroll through the streets of the old town prior to re-boarding our ship. This was a tremendous thing to do as it really showcased how old the city really is with a fair bit of decay in some of the buildings, but a lot of rejuvenation happening at the same time.
Canons go bang
At 4:00pm each day they perform a ceremonial canon blast from the fort in the harbour. Check it out…
Our ship sailed at 11:00pm which gave us a final look at this brilliant city under lights.